Saturday, 24 March 2012

The Frustrations of a Photographer

For a while, I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was missing something. For some reason I started to become disappointed with the trip and wasn’t sure if this sort of travel was for us. But I couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was. Then, in Cambodia we hired pushbikes to see Angkor Wat. We were arriving at the temples at 5am, having them to ourselves and capturing them in their best light. I was much happier because of it. In that one morning I worked out what I was missing, what was frustrating me. I had not been getting the quality photos that I expected.

I put the problem down to transport. The best shots are usually found at dusk and dawn, and getting around at these times requires an independence that we just don’t have. In most southeast asian countries you cannot hire a car without a driver, and often motorbike hire is simply suicidal. So now that we are in Vietnam, how does one get to the beautiful spots and see them at odd times of the day when most people are either still sleeping or are having dinner. What crazy group of people would want to do this? I decided to Google “Vietnam Photo Tour” because there really is only one crazy bunch of people that would want to get out of bed at 4am. There were quite a few hits but one surprised me as it had a “.com.au” web address (meaning it was an Australian business). What was even more amazing was that they only ran one tour a year, starting in Saigon, and coincided perfectly with our current plans to visit the city. The timing seemed too good to be true, but true it was, and pretty soon we were booked.

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